Review: EVERY KISS by Tasha Ivey

After witnessing Makenna’s journey to find herself again, Callie is reminded of her own struggles with love. No, Wes wasn’t always the easy going guy that he is today. He was moody and unpredictable in the worst of ways, and she was certain to call him out on it every chance she got. Looking back, she’s amazed at how much their lives have changed since they met.

Before tragedy shook them to the very core of their lives. Before her dream career began. And before Wes wasn’t a broody jerk with a closet full of personalities.

Yes, just four years ago, everything was different…

Makenna and Shane are just a couple of lovesick college students, and Callie is doing her best to keep up with the demands of her junior year. Life is boring, and she is totally fine with that. But boring flies right out the window the day Makenna cons Callie into helping with Shane’s brother’s birthday party. She expects a gangly pimple-faced teenager, but Wes is far from it. He is temperamental and opinionated, but he is also incredibly hot and thoroughly enjoys pushing her buttons. And she pushes his right back.

Even though their undeniable attraction draws them to one another, Wes is clear with Callie about one thing. Relationships are off limits. Friendship is all he has to offer, unless of course, Callie is willing to add a few benefits to that. He works hard to keep the reasons for his aversion hidden, but secrets have a way of making themselves known sometimes, no matter how deep you bury them.

Two of those secrets hold the key to unlocking Wes’ fears of the ultimate betrayal. And the other secret has Callie falling even deeper than she ever dreamed.

But she’s unsure of one thing . . . is she enough to save him from himself?

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Every Kiss is the standalone book #2 in the Every Life Series by Tasha Ivey. Every Breath is book #1.

Callie was one of my favorite characters in Every Breath. She was feisty, fun, and hilarious. She did not disappoint in Every Kiss and she sure kept Wes on his toes. On one hand Wes was the perfect guy... he was funny, thoughtful, and caring. Yet on the other hand he was stubborn, broken, closed off, and hurting. Callie was (I thought) very patient with Wes and his commitment issues.

"All I’m left with is the realization of how wrong I could be about everything. I know now that I could fall for him, if only he’d let me."

The sparring between Callie and Wes was hilarious. They are a truly funny couple and I laughed every time they "accidentally" saw each other naked.

“Come on. You have to make a birthday wish before time runs out.” I make a fist but hold up my index finger. “Pretend this is your candle. Go.” “Callie, don’t be ridiculous. “I’m not. If you don’t make a birthday wish, I’ll make one for you. And you’ll regret that when you wake up three inches shorter in the morning. And I don’t mean your height.”

Callie was such an honorable friend and girlfriend. She kept his secrets and tried to love him and help him even when their friends chastised her. It was somewhat bittersweet to read about their friends Makenna and Shane (from Every Breath) being so happy in college knowing what lies ahead for them.... but at the same time it was sweet. Almost as if the reader was reminiscing about their love story as well... as if we were reading two love stories at the same time.

The beauty of these books by Tasha Ivey is how well they weave together and how deep the emotions run. This was such a sweet and meaningful romance and I encourage you to pick up Every Kiss (4 stars), settle in with some chocolate chip pancakes and me there are a few embers to light your fire! Be sure to read Every Breath (5 stars) if you want another fantastic book as well! Hats off to Tasha Ivey!

"Before I drifted off, he kissed me one last time, slow and tender. Merciful. Making me believe there just might be a tomorrow for us."


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